So I said to the pharmacist, “Got a question for ya.”
“Last week I found out I’m so anemic its a surprise I can talk. I just started taking iron supplements. Is there a loading dose to get my iron level up where it belongs?”
I’m guessing this isn’t a conversation you’ve had with your local pharmacist, or anyone else for that matter, and I’m wondering if there was a way I should have known, when I went veggie, that I REALLY needed to be taking supplements.
I mentioned in a previous blog post that I just KNEW I was short on B12, and it turns out I was. (I figured it out myself by researching online.) Also Folate. But I had no idea I’d be so low on iron I could hardly string a sentence together.
Its amazing to me that during numerous doctor visits over the years, where I plainly said I was a vegetarian, no one ever asked if I was taking supplements or suggested blood tests, even after my complaining of exhaustion…. over and over.
I’m still shaking my head to myself. I just don’t get it.
At least I’m heading in the direction of feeling better, now. But, thank goodness I told the doc I wanted a slew of blood tests! In the meantime, I haven’t been doing a lot of cooking, but a new food review should be posted soon, and I’ll be posting a couple of easy peasy recipes I’ve made a number of times in the last few weeks. Nothing fancy, but really good!
So, how do we do Veggie 101? I decided that I love animals too much to eat them, so I stopped. For others who come to the same conclusion, how are they supposed to know what I had to find out because I was inquisitive enough, after a long period of feeling awful, to figure it out myself?
“Pretty Veggie” Mindy